Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 31
  2. Negative: 7 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 20, 2012
    70
    Just slam the pedal to the floor, blast on past the weaknesses in the plot, and enjoy the ride.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Aug 22, 2012
    40
    A bizarre mélange of earnest and romantic road movie, high-octane chase picture reminiscent of everything the mustachioed version of Burt Reynolds ever did, and a slapsticky comedy that gives Tom Arnold considerably more screen time than actually necessary.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Aug 22, 2012
    63
    Put Christian Bale behind the wheel, and Hit & Run would make a billion bucks - except then there'd be no room for Shepard, and that movie would hardly be worth watching.
  4. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Aug 22, 2012
    60
    One of the summer's great escapes - no mean feat in a year that has attempted, but failed, to provide fun, mindless, movie fare.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 22, 2012
    88
    There's a lot of funny stuff, but the most unexpected comes from Arnold, who has been uneven, to say the least, in his movies.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 21, 2012
    38
    Hit & Run is pretty rancid as comedy. Worse, the chases are strictly amateur hour, all shortcut editing and no gut satisfaction.
  7. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Aug 22, 2012
    75
    The dialogue veers into digressions about ADHD, the cruddiness of mainstream dog food, and much else. That these asides prove more fun than the central action is what gives Hit & Run its flavor: tasty at times, even if the film evaporates as you watch it.
  8. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Aug 21, 2012
    60
    A strange, but strangely entertaining combo of drag racing machismo, slapstick silliness, raunchy riffs, politically incorrect rants and sweet nothings.
  9. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 23, 2012
    63
    Everyone in Hit and Run is clearly having a good time. It's the audience that gets left out of the fun.
  10. Reviewed by: Anika Chapin
    Aug 22, 2012
    45
    One senses that the movie doesn't quite have the chutzpah to be what it wants to be - a "Fast and Furious"-like sequence of balletic car chases - so it periodically halts to wedge in some romance.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 22, 2012
    60
    Hit and Run achieves its chief goal: to put the pedal to the metal for some good, goofy fun, squealing the tires as often as possible along the way.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 22, 2012
    40
    Sadly, Hit & Run, for as much sporadic fun and genuine heart it has, runs out of gas. But it's not for lack of trying, and that counts for something.
  13. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 23, 2012
    60
    Hit and Run works less as a film and more as a likable, semi-documentary romp among friends. The illusion of the drama may be gone, but it's been replaced by something more authentic and adorable. And we might be okay with that.
  14. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Aug 23, 2012
    50
    Burt Reynolds and Sally Field they're not, but you could do worse for mindless late-summer entertainment than Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell in Hit & Run.
  15. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Aug 22, 2012
    38
    Hit & Run is a pleasant enough diversion - but more of the PPV persuasion.
  16. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Aug 21, 2012
    75
    Spirited and saucy, Hit and Run is a small movie with big spirit, a Tarantino-ish sensibility, and a scattergun ethos that results in more hits than misses.
  17. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 21, 2012
    38
    A slow, meandering misfire of a movie.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 23, 2012
    50
    This slapstick road movie feels tossed off by people on a raunchy bender. I mean that as a good thing. The trouble with Hit & Run is that it can't sustain its trippy effervescence.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Aug 21, 2012
    50
    Pretty much everything shot by Shepard and co-director David Palmer looks as if it was done in one take. Hit & Run is closest in tone to the Tarantino-penned "True Romance," but it lacks that movie's menace.
  20. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Aug 19, 2012
    25
    Far more frustrating than the film's banally conventional plot structure is its characters' lack of depth.
  21. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Aug 21, 2012
    63
    Hit and Run isn't a catastrophe, but it leaves loose ends and a more adventurous map by the side of the winding road.
  22. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Aug 22, 2012
    58
    There really ought to be a lot more movies like Hit & Run, but only if they're just a little bit better.
  23. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Aug 23, 2012
    63
    It's a rom-com, it's a road movie, it's "Cars" without the animation, it's "A History of Violence" played for yuks. It's all that and less because, really, Hit & Run is awfully hit & miss.
  24. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 20, 2012
    70
    Its high-octane but low-stakes action might be just the thing for moviegoers weary of summer's operatic superheroes.
  25. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 21, 2012
    50
    The movie feels like a grown-up version of little boys making whooshing noises and staging collisions while playing with toys on a living room floor. It belongs to the same star-and-his-pals-cutting-up genre as the lesser comedies by Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.
  26. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Aug 22, 2012
    50
    What dooms Hit and Run, which, charitably, is not as generic as it's name implies, is that the film itself comments on its own sincerity.
  27. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Aug 21, 2012
    20
    Interminable scenes of macho posturing and mock-Tarantino dialogue (including a lengthy dissection of the word fags!) mark time between a number of ineptly staged car chases that would embarrass the makers of "Cannonball Run II."
  28. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Aug 21, 2012
    75
    This fun-loving genre-bender, inspired by "Smokey and the Bandit," opens languidly, then picks up the pace. Even in the midst of cars racing, it's funny and endearing.
  29. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Aug 20, 2012
    70
    Above all, real-life couple Shepard and Bell bring genuine chemistry to this high-energy excursion.
  30. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Aug 21, 2012
    30
    That even the criminal class has gone sensitive and finicky eco-conscious has some potential for comedy-or drama, as in Oliver Stone's undervalued Savages-but there's no single detail that might convince a viewer that the characters played by Dax Shepard and Bradley Cooper might ever have been compelled to steal for a living, and this alienates the crime picture from any social context or sense of actual danger, making it essentially a celebrity goof-off.
  31. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Aug 22, 2012
    38
    There's only so much an actor can do with lifeless dialogue. It's hard to blame the cast for looking less than committed; they all realized too late that Shepard created a monster.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Aug 26, 2012
    2
    This movie is just plain dumb. I know they are all friends and made it to have fun, but they could have made a decent product. AnythingThis movie is just plain dumb. I know they are all friends and made it to have fun, but they could have made a decent product. Anything remotely funny is in the trailers, and the rest of the movie is filled with racist and homophobic slurs. I'm an 18 year old college male and even I was offended and just bored. Skip it. In fact, RUN away (see what I did there? Cuz of the title...) Full Review »
  2. Aug 25, 2012
    10
    Clever, funny action packed realistic romance and great chemistry between the leads. Really what more do you want? The dialogue is greatClever, funny action packed realistic romance and great chemistry between the leads. Really what more do you want? The dialogue is great especially in the first third of the movie then the action takes over. Highly recommended. Full Review »
  3. Aug 25, 2012
    5
    It's essential that you like Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell before you even consider seeing this film. If you do, and if you keep yourIt's essential that you like Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell before you even consider seeing this film. If you do, and if you keep your expectations at a modest level, it's actually pretty fun. There's just not much to it. Tom Arnold really steals the show, as he does with most movies he's in (see: True Lies). Full Review »